We cap off the AFC South Top 50 with players number 10 through 1.
- The rankings are based mostly on 2018 projection. Production during the 2017 season does matter, but it didn’t hold a gun to my head. And yes, rookies are allowed.
- Value of position wasn’t a huge factor (i.e. a wide receiver can be ranked ahead of a quarterback).
- Injuries were taken into account, but didn’t prevent players from appearing high on the list.
No. 10) Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
The best wide receiver in the AFC South finally has a quarterback! Prior to Deshaun Watson’s arrival Hopkins was catching passes from the likes of Matt Schaub, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, and Brock Osweiler.
Regardless, Hopkins has finished with at least 800 yards receiving in each of his five seasons, including three instances where he eclipsed 1,000 yards. In 2017, Hopkins led the NFL in touchdowns (13) and finished fourth in yards (1,378), earning him an all-pro selection.
To further justify how incredible Hopkins is, here are his 2017 splits when Watson played as opposed to when he caught passes from Tom Savage and TJ Yates:
- With Watson: 7 games, 45 receptions, 606 yards, 7 touchdowns
- Without Watson: 8 games, 51 receptions, 772 yards, 6 touchdowns